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ASBCI Conference
Fashion’s New Frontier’s - What’s Next?
Tuesday 14th October, The Queens Hotel, Leeds

The one-day conference will look at what is on the horizon for the fashion industry; the pioneering new ideas, revolutionary technologies and system innovations that will, undoubtedly, change the way the industry operates from both a technical and consumer engagement standpoint.

An esteemed line-up of industry professionals and specialists has been called upon to share their observations for the future, which will enable retailers, manufacturers and the supply-chain as a whole to become more adept at demonstrating a forward-thinking vision.

Focusing on the management of increasingly complex supply-chains, the true effects of counterfeit items in the trade, the adoption of transparent practice methods, cutting-edge production performance, consumer data intelligence and more, the conference will impart progressive realisation for creating, producing and delivering better products to consumers more efficiently.

Confirmed speakers include: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coats, Marks & Spencer, Clear Returns, Intertek Testing Services (ITS), Bear & Wolf, Advanced Supply Chain, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The full speaker line-up and agenda will be announced in due course.

 To book a place please complete the booking form below. If you would like to request an invoice, place an advert in the conference programme or to book a stand at the event please email: or call 01422 354666.


Future Technical Textiles (FTT 2013) - International Conference
15-17 October 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, is pleased to play host to the 6th International Istanbul Conference on Future Technical Textiles with a theme of "Recent Advances in Innovation and Enterprise in Textiles and Clothing". The conference will provide a unique opportunity to meet leading personalities with research, management and technology experience from all over the world.

There will be an optional two days of short technical courses, 13 & 14 October 2014 with the conference taking place 15 - 17 October 2014. World renowned speakers from academia and industry will deliver plenary lectures on break through novel products and cutting edge research into the future of technical and advanced textiles.

For further information please visit:


Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar
Prospects for the British fashion industry - domestic manufacturing, sector skills and wearable technology
Tuesday 21 October 2014, Central London, UK

Guest of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

Delegates at this seminar will examine the next steps for policy and business practice to ensure continued economic and creative growth in the British fashion industry.

This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider how the British fashion industry can maintain, grow and widen its markets - particularly in terms of facilitating the return of manufacturing to Britain in light of announced Government support, capitalising on new emerging markets, and latest thinking on ethical policies and corporate responsibility strategies.

Delegates will also examine key trends in the wearable technology market, the emerging commercial opportunities for fashion brands to capitalise on technological innovations and create strategic collaborations with global high-tech companies - and, in light of the new Intellectual Property Actreceiving Royal Assent, the implications for managing and valuing IP as fashion and digital converge.

We are delighted that Michelle Emmerson, Chief Executive Officer, Walpole British Luxury; John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and Lasse Wassermann, Senior Programme Manager, Google X have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Simon Bennett, Partner, Fox Williams; Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya; Mariel Brown, Associate Director and Head of Trends, SeymourPowell; Professor Frances Corner, Head of College, London College of Fashion; Michelle Emmerson, Managing Director, Walpole British Luxury; Jenny Holloway, Director, Fashion Enter; Bill Macbeth, Managing Director, Textile Centre of Excellence; Dids Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, ACID (Anti Copying in Design); Kate O'Connor, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset; Ben Ramsden, Founder, Pants to Poverty and Pi Foundation; Stephen Taylor, Senior Manager, Kurt Salmon andAmy Winters, Director, Rainbow Winters have also agreed to speak.

David Ward MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar. Additional senior participants are currently being approached.

This event is CPD certified

To book please visit:
Prospects for the British fashion industry - domestic manufacturing, sector skills and wearable technology


The Textile Institute London and South East England Section presents:
‘Professional Training for the Fashion Industry’
Wednesday 22 October 2014, London, UK

Speakers: Linda Roberts & Janet Wilson

Linda Roberts
Senior Business Manager, London Artscom Ltd at London College of Fashion

Linda is responsible for the short courses, Study Abroad and professional training programmes offered by London College of Fashion. These short programmes attract over 5000 students to the College each year, and provide in-house training for corporate clients in the UK including Arcadia Group,, Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, and world-wide such as Aimer (China), Chalhoub (UAE), Footwear & Recreation Technology Research Institute (Taiwan), (Singapore) and recently Falabella, Alto Palermo Group and Givenchy in Argentina.

Linda gained a wide ranging knowledge of the fashion business from many years of experience in fashion retailing, marketing and product development, working for international brands including Jaeger, The Woolmark Company and Tencel, prior to joining the University of the Arts London in 2003.

Janet Wilson
A member of The Textile Institute and is the author of 'Classic & Modern Fabrics' the complete illustrated sourcebook (Thames & Hudson). Janet will be talking through some images from her book.

London College of Fashion
Room 203 2nd foor
272 High Holborn,

Enquiries to Bill Bohm T: +442084495968
Prices: Free to TI Members (inc. SDC ) & LCF Students, Non-Members £5, Other Students £1

View the poster


The 89th Textile Institute World Conference
2 - 6 November 2014, Wuhan, China

The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that Wuhan Textile University, China, with the support of Deakin University, Australia will be hosting our next World Conference.  China is considered to be the largest fibre producer and textile manufacturer in the world. Wuhan Textile University is the only ‘textile’ named university in China.  Wuhan City is centrally located with easy access by international and domestic flights and the fast train network in China.

The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University hope the conference will provide the opportunity for many of our international members to take part in this prestigious event.  Presentations from industry and education are invited providing an international platform for information exchange and networking. 

Keynote Speakers

Mr Eamonn Brady, Picanol NV, Belgium
Professor Ron Postle, University of New South Wales, Australia
Mr QIU Yafu, Shandong Ruyi Group, China
Mr Nathan Sivagananathan, MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka
Mr. SUN Ruizhe, China National Textile & Apparel Council, China
Professor Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia
Professor YU Jianyong, Donghua University, China

Wuhan Textile University, Taylor & Francis, Fengshu.

Media Partners
textiles, Bangladesh Textile Today, Fibre2fashion, Pakistan Textile Journal, Textile Asia, WTIN.

Visit the Conference website for further details:


Parliamentary Lunch FULLY - FULLY BOOKED
21 November 2014, House of Lords, London, UK

The Textile Institute, UK Region, will be holding the annual Parliamentary Lunch at the House of Lords on Friday, 21 November 2013. The luncheon will be held in the Cholmondeley Room and on the Terrace, hosted by The Lord Haskel CText ATI, a past World President, who kindly enables us to have the use of the venue.

The annual lunch has become very popular with both our national and international members. A feature of the event is that after lunch we are usually able to arrange a tour of the Palace of Westminster with the help of guides very knowledgeable of the extraordinary history of the place.  Members and their guests from destinations outside London also often find it convenient to enjoy the subsequent weekend as a city break.

The lunch is not restricted to members of The Textile Institute. It therefore allows senior executives from both business and education, whether members or not, to network in a unique environment, and perhaps offer hospitality to clients or customers.  

The lunch is now fully booked.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Emma Scott, Events & Professional Affairs Manager.

T: +44 161 237 1188



"Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces" 
26 - 27 November 2014, Huddersfield, UK

This two day conference is hosted by the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Textiles and surfaces have inspired and evolved our relationships with materials, space and form. This conference proposes to explore the future of textiles and surfaces within different industries and contexts. The conference aims to examine current and future developments in the field asking: how might we re-think textiles and surfaces in a climate of transition?

Keynote speakers: 

  • Lidewij Edelkoort
  • David Shah
  • Professor Jane Harris
  • Professor Rebecca Earley
  • Dr Subramaniam Muthu

Papers have been invited for the following four tracks:

  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Craftsmanship and the Hand Made
  • Enterprise/Industry/Business

The conference is double blind peer reviewed and supported by conference proceedings.
Four journals are working with the host to publish suitable materials: 

  • Viewpoint (David Shah)
  • Journal of Textile Design and Research Practice (Bloomsbury)
  • Craft Research (Intellect Ltd)
  • Textiles and Clothing Sustainability (An open access, Springer Journal)

For registration details and early bird rates please visit: 

Conference email address:

The conference organisers are Professor John Miles, Dr Pammi Sinha and Jo Harris.



43rd Textile Research Symposium
2-3 December 2014, Christchurch, New Zealand

AgResearch, Corporate Member of The Textile Institute, will be hosting the 43rd Textile Research Symposium at The Chateau on the Park Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand. This international symposium, the Japanese edition of which is popularly known as Mt Fuji Conference, will be supported by the Textile Machinery Society of Japan along with a number of other organisations and businesses.

The conference will cover presentations on textile research in a wide range of fields from fibre science to apparel engineering, including:

Fibre and polymer science
Textile processing
Dyeing, finishing, coating and laminating
Technical textiles
Performance evaluation
Design, fashion and clothing science
Wool and natural fibres, and their yarns and textiles
E-Textiles, sustainable and bio-based materials and textiles
Nano-fibres and nano-materials
Mathematical and computer modelling
Textile objective measurement technology

For further information please visit:



6th World Conference on 3D Fabrics and Their Applications
26 - 28 May 2015
North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, USA

This series conference on 3D Fabrics started in 2008 at the University of Manchester, UK and has since gained the reputation as an effective and important forum for the researchers, industrialists, designers and end users in this attractive and challenging area to report the latest developments, exchange development ideas and discuss future strategic issues. The organisers are looking forward to another successful conference in NCSU next May. Your continued support will be the key to the success of the conference and the success of the conference series.

The conference is organised by TexEng Software Ltd, Manchester, UK and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA in association with The University of Manchester and supported by The Textile Institute, UK and The Fiber Society, USA.

The organisers invite authors to submit a one-page abstract for each paper that they wish to be considered for inclusion in the oral and/or poster programme for the conference. The abstract should contain sufficient information for a valid decision to be made on the merits of the paper and its relevance to the aims of the conference. Authors should indicate whether they prefer an oral or a poster presentation. 

Closing date for submissions intended for oral presentation: 15 January 2015
Poster abstracts can also be considered at a later date.
Please submit your abstract online:


World Textile Summit 2015
13 November 2015, Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy

The World Textile Summit is a unique one-day event that brings together the world’s most influential textile-business leaders to debate issues of strategic importance to the global industry. Its inspirational, forward-looking agenda - comprising expert presentations and interactive discussions - is designed to allow participants to share their business experiences and receive new ideas to maintain their success in the textile manufacturing and supply chain.

The World Textile Summit 2015 will explore business responses to the international drive for sustainable manufacturing. Going beyond the agendas of other textile sustainability conventions, it will seek to answer the questions that really matter to strategic decision makers: What returns can I expect from capital investment in resource efficient technologies? How do I go about establishing and monitoring a sustainable supply chain? And what are the market opportunities that arise from a strategy based on clean production and sustainable materials? Delegates will hear from international experts in the business and economics of sustainable textile manufacturing and learn from the direct experience of business leaders who have already chosen this path.

World Textile Summit 2015 a must-attend event designed for C-level executives and industry stakeholders to understand the business of sustainability and create value in key areas like growth, return on capital and risk management.

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Have your say!

We are constantly developing new events that benefit our members. We would like to hear from you or your company if you have a need for a particular subject to be covered through our conferences and events. Please contact us to have your say.

We are always updating our events calendar so for up to date details of all our events please visit regularly.

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12 - 19 November 2015
Milan Italy



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